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Thomas Philbrick is professor emeritus of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
Philbrick, a champion sailboat racer, has also written extensively about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor (1987) and the forthcoming Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor's Odyssey. He was editor in chief of the classic Yaahting: A Parody (1984).
In his role as director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Philbrick, who is also a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, gives frequent talks about Nantucket and sailing. He has appeared on "NBC Today Weekend", A&E's "Biography" series, and National Public Radio and has served as a consultant for the movie "Moby Dick", shown on the USA Network. He received a bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Duke. He lives on Natucket with his wife and two children.
Great definitive stuff on the Essex for those history buffs like me. You will have a new perspective when you read "Moby Dick" again.Published 19 months ago by woody
I have not read this book as yet. I gave it to my boyfriend because a distant relative of his wrote Moby Dick. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Silverlady
A never put down description of Nantucket men surviving the most horrible of sails across the pacific. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by art333